Holiday Toy's Recalled: The Top Ten, Beware!
CPSC Chairman Warns Holiday Gift Shoppers of Hazardous Recalled Toys
Agency Launches Neighborhood Safety Network (NSN) Initiative
Washington, D.C. - "Gift buyers should be on the lookout
for recently recalled toys and children's products this holiday season," said
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Hal Stratton. Stratton
was joined by Gary Smith, MD, chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics'
(AAP) Committee on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention; and Charlene Zettel, director of
California's Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) today at CPSC's annual Holiday
Toy Safety Press conference in Washington, DC. "Recalled products pose
potentially serious safety threats to youngsters," Stratton said.
CPSC has reports of 11 toy-related deaths involving children under age 15 that
occurred in 2003. Most of these deaths occurred when a child choked on or
aspirated a toy. The toys involved in these incidents were small balls,
balloons, a game piece and a toy bead. Also, in 2003, an estimated 155,400
children were treated for toy-related injuries in U.S. hospital emergency rooms,
down nearly 23 percent since 2001.
Checklist of Recalled Toys and Children's Products
- Bumble Bee Toys (398,000) distributed by Graco Children's
Products. Graco received 26 reports of the antennae breaking off the bumble
bee toys, including five reports of children who started to choke on the
broken antennae. One child's throat was scratched when the child's mother
removed the broken antenna from the child's mouth. Call Graco at (800)
258-3213 to receive a free replacement toy.
- Nerf® Big Play Football (294,000) distributed by Hasbro. The
football contains a hard plastic interior frame that can pose a risk of
facial cuts if a
child is hit during play. There have been nine reports of facial injuries,
including eight requiring stitches or medical attention.
Call Hasbro at (866) 637-3244 or visit the firm's Web site at
www.nerf.com to receive a replacement
NERF product of equal value.
- Carter's Children's Mirror Books (225,000) distributed by Kids II Inc. The mirror in the books can
crack or break, posing a laceration hazard
to young children. Kids II has received 26 reports of the mirror cracking or
breaking, including four reports of cuts and one report of a pinched finger.
Call Kids II at (877) 325-7056 or visit the firm's Web site at
www.kidsii.com for instructions on returning the
mirror for a refund.
- Radio-Control Toy Trucks (287,000) distributed by Nikko America
Inc. A problem with the circuit board causes the toy truck to overheat,
posing a fire and burn hazard. No injuries have
been reported. Call Nikko America at (866) 232-6013 for instructions on
returning the product for a free circuit board replacement.
- Ride-On Toys (70,000) distributed by Tek Nek Toys International.
The screw and nut assembly attaching the steering wheel can come loose,
posing a choking and aspiration hazard to young children. Tek Nek Toys has
received six reports of the screw and nut coming loose, including the death of an 18-month-old boy who
aspirated a screw. Call Tek Nek Toys at (888) 661-0222 to receive free
- BATMAN™ BATMOBILE™ Toy Vehicle (314,000) distributed by Mattel Inc. The rear tail wings of the
Batmobile are made of rigid plastic and come to a point, which poses a
potential puncture or laceration hazard to young children. Mattel has received
14 reports of injuries consisting of scrapes, scratches, lacerations and
punctures. Four of the injuries required medical treatment. Call Mattel at
(888) 271-9891 to determine if the toy is among the recalled models and to
order the free replacement wings if needed.
- Children's Athletic Shoes (441,000) distributed by Payless
ShoeSource Inc. The metal eyelet lace holder at the top of the shoes can
detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. Payless ShoeSource has
received one report of a child starting to choke on a detached eyelet from
one of these shoes. No injuries have been reported. Call Payless at (800)
654-697 or visit the firm's Web site at
www.payless.com for information on returning these
shoes to a Payless ShoeSource store for a cash refund or exchange.
- "Rock 'N Roller" Baby Strollers (300,000) distributed by Dorel Juvenile Group USA. If the stop
pins are bent or missing or the seat is not
fully attached, the seat can partially detach from the frame during use and
the infant occupant can be injured in a fall. There have been 77 reports of
problems related to the stroller seats. Injuries included one child who fell
and had a slight concussion and another child who cut his forehead and
required stitches. Additionally, there were 46 reports of bumps and bruises. Call Dorel
Juvenile Group at (800) 711-0402 to determine how to inspect the stroller for
- Metal Toy Jewelry Sold in Vending Machines (150 million pieces)
by four toy jewelry importers (AA Global Industries Inc., Brand Imports,
Cardinal Distributing Co. and L.M. Becker & Co. Inc.). Some of the toy
jewelry contains dangerous levels of lead. CPSC has received one report of
when a child swallowed a piece of toy jewelry containing lead that was
previously recalled. No reports of injuries or illnesses have been received
from products by these companies listed above. Consumers should throw away
- Toddler's Athletic Shoes (140,000) distributed by Reebok
International. The I-3 logo-tag on the tongue of the shoe can be peeled off,
posing a choking hazard to young children. Reebok has received a report of
an 8-month-old child mouthing the logo-tag. The tag was removed without
injury. Call Reebok at (800) 843-4444 or visit the firm's Web site at
www.reebok.com to receive a refund.